New York’s poorest area has 44% living in poverty

NEW YORK – Away from the glittering lights of New York’s entertainment and banking hub, nearly half the residents in the city’s poorest neighborhood live in poverty, according to data released Friday.

New York has been unveiling statistics across the city’s five boroughs for weeks in a bid to provide the most reliable indicator of community health in a decade.

Updating and expanding the statistics, officials hope, will highlight extreme inequality in America’s largest city and help improve quality of life for the poorest.

In the city’s poorest neighborhood of Morrisania and Crotona in the Bronx, 44 per cent of the residents live below the federal poverty level — the highest poverty rate in the city.

About one in five adults aged 16 or older are unemployed, the highest unemployment rate in the city, the report found.

The data was last updated in 2006, making it the first time in 10 years that indicators have been reviewed and improved.

Indicators include smoking; obesity, diabetes and drug use, as well as others not previously included that influence health such as air pollution, and quality of local housing and shops.

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